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Mom had a stroke

 Two parents and five children.
A home with five small children can be a happy, lively place, with pajamas put on backward and kids who prepare a surprise for Ima and get into bed, peeking out from between their fingers as they cover their eyes while reciting Shema.
But a home with five children can also be a miserable, broken, pathetic place. It can be a home devoid of joy, a place where tears and frustration and bitterness are constant guests.
Such a home is the one where the mother was paralyzed as the result of a stroke. She cannot move most of her limbs. Half her face is paralyzed, too. She can’t eat or stand on her own, never mind care for the children.
The poor father, whose world crashed down around him one bright day, doesn’t know what to do first. Should he go with his wife for treatment, although there really isn’t much hope, just to give her the feeling that this terrible situation won’t last forever? Should he try to raise her spirits in some different manner? Should he care for the children who cannot manage on their own yet? Should he go to work and bring home a livelihood? What takes priority?
Soon it will be Chanukah. He will stand near the flames, his family gathered around him. But there won’t be any doughnuts or dreidels or even a music tape, unless we provide good, constant, trustworthy help. Help that will provide the mother of the house with support, help that will put the family back on track and free the father to earn a living.
In the meantime, the kids go to sleep wearing the same clothing they’ve worn all week. They forage for food on their own. They absorb the tension between the parents and behave in a manner that clearly stems from extreme distress. Now it is still possible to turn the situation around…
 
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